Patents by Inventor Soh Masuko

Soh Masuko has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 8862977
    Abstract: A script (object displacement program) is embedded in a Web page to be transmitted from a Web server 10 and executed by a user terminal 20. The user terminal 20 into which the object displacement program is read displaces a plurality of icons from their initial positions to target positions through a path outside a display area of elements in the Web page, and makes the icons converge on the vicinity of each of the elements in such a way that the icons are distributed to the respective elements in the page in accordance with various access data and statistical data (e.g. the number of page views (PV), click-through rate (CTR), order quantity etc.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Rakuten, Inc.
    Inventors: Hisashi Suzuki, Soh Masuko
  • Publication number: 20140299659
    Abstract: Provided is a goods information providing system, including: a first position acquisition section (4) for acquiring from a position information DB (31) position information on goods specified by a shelf ID read by a reading unit (22); a related goods extraction section (5) for extracting from a related goods information DB (33) a related goods related to the goods specified by the shelf ID; a second position acquisition section (6) for acquiring from the position information DB (31) position information on the extracted related goods; a recommended goods determination section (8) for determining, as recommended goods, from among the extracted related goods, the related goods selected based on a position of the goods acquired by the first position acquisition section (4) and a position of the related goods acquired by the second position acquisition section (6); and an informing unit (23) for informing of information on the determined recommended goods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: Rakuten, Inc.
    Inventors: Soh MASUKO, Shigaku Iwabuchi, Shinichiro Tosa, Jiro Tanaka
  • Publication number: 20140304119
    Abstract: The goods and services purchase supporting apparatus includes an identification information acquiring unit (30) to acquire an image of a medium on which a marker indicative of identification information of goods or services is presented, the medium being presented to a customer in association with the goods or the services, and acquire the identification information from the marker represented on the acquired image of the medium, a discount information acquiring unit (34) to acquire, from a storing unit (32) to store discount information applicable to the goods or the services in association with the identification information of the goods or the services, the discount information that is associated with the identification information acquired by the identification information acquiring unit, and an arranging unit (36) to arrange display information, which is based on the discount information acquired by the discount information acquiring unit, with the image of the medium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: RAKUTEN, INC.
    Inventors: Soh MASUKO, Shigaku IWABUCHI, Shinichiro TOSA, Jiro TANAKA
  • Patent number: 8825670
    Abstract: When a search keyword is characteristically used in an image, it is detected more easily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Rakuten, Inc.
    Inventor: Soh Masuko
  • Publication number: 20140236996
    Abstract: A search device (101) obtains a specified length to be specified in a search query based on a position of an object having such a position set in accordance with the intent of a user. A detector (102) detects respective positions of multiple objects changing the respective positions in accordance with the intent of the user in a real space. A calculator (103) calculates a specified length on the basis of the intent of the user based on the detected positions of the multiple objects. A searcher (104) searches for product records having a product size satisfying a search condition based on the calculated specified length from a product database managing product records each containing at least a product size and a product image. A display (105) displays on a screen the product image of the searched product record.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: RAKUTEN, INC.
    Inventors: Soh Masuko, Jiro Tanaka, Shigaku Iwabuchi, Kenzo Nirasawa, Tatsuhito Oe
  • Patent number: 8811734
    Abstract: In a color determination device (101) that determines a correspondence relationship between a character string indicating a color and the color indicated by the character string, a character string receiver (102) receives input of a character string; an image retriever (103) retrieves for an image relating to the received character string and obtains a plurality of images as a result of the image retrieval; a degree acquirer (104) represents, with a predetermined accuracy, colors appearing in the plurality of respective images and acquires degrees at which the colors represented with the predetermined accuracy appear in the plurality of images; and a color determiner (105) determines a color indicated by the received character string from the colors represented with the predetermined accuracy on the basis of the acquired degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Rakuten, Inc.
    Inventors: Soh Masuko, Satoshi Sekine
  • Patent number: 8774557
    Abstract: A mosaic image which encourages users' motivation of continuously browsing mosaic images is generated. An image generation device which generates a mosaic image using as a source image a material image divided into a plurality of divided areas, has: an acquiring means that acquires an image from a terminal device through a network; and a mosaic image generating means that generates a mosaic image by allocating the image acquired by the acquiring means, to one of the divided areas based on color information of the image acquired by the acquiring means and color information of each of the divided areas of the material image used as the source image. After generating the mosaic image, the mosaic image generating means generates a new mosaic image by changing at least one of a number of the divided areas and the material image in response to an increase in a number of images acquired by the acquiring means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Rakuten, Inc.
    Inventor: Soh Masuko
  • Publication number: 20140177952
    Abstract: In a color name determination device, a color receiver receives input of a color, a document retriever retrieves for documents in which images relating to the received color are disposed, a key word extractor extracts key word character strings appearing in the retrieved documents, an image retriever retrieves for images relating to the extracted key word character strings, a degree acquirer represents, with a predetermined accuracy, colors appearing in the images as a retrieval result and acquires degrees at which the colors appear in the images, a color determiner determines color indicated by the received character string on the basis of the acquired degrees, and a color naming determiner determines, if the received color and the determined color are the same or similar, the a key word character string corresponding to the determined color is a color name character string indicating the received color.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Applicant: Rakuten, Inc.
    Inventor: Soh Masuko
  • Publication number: 20140153821
    Abstract: In a color determination device (101) that determines a correspondence relationship between a character string indicating a color and the color indicated by the character string, a character string receiver (102) receives input of a character string; an image retriever (103) retrieves for an image relating to the received character string and obtains a plurality of images as a result of the image retrieval; a degree acquirer (104) represents, with a predetermined accuracy, colors appearing in the plurality of respective images and acquires degrees at which the colors represented with the predetermined accuracy appear in the plurality of images; and a color determiner (105) determines a color indicated by the received character string from the colors represented with the predetermined accuracy on the basis of the acquired degrees.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: RAKUTEN, INC.
    Inventors: Soh Masuko, Satoshi Sekine
  • Patent number: 8744175
    Abstract: Even a mosaic image in an uncompleted state, it makes a mosaic image having high recognizability of a picture of an original image displayed. An image providing device includes an image acquisition means that acquires an image specified by a user, a candidate determination means that, on the basis of color information of the acquired image and color information of the regions, determines regions to be candidates for a region to which the acquired image is assigned, an edge degree acquisition means that acquires edge degrees indicating degrees of edges in the regions determined as the candidates, an assignment determination means that, on the basis of the acquired edge degrees, determines a region to which the acquired image is assigned from the regions determined as the candidates, and a presentation means that, on the basis of assignment determined by the assignment determination means, causes a mosaic image in which the acquired image is placed to be presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Rakuten, Inc.
    Inventor: Soh Masuko
  • Patent number: 8719697
    Abstract: The system for the object control method according to an embodiment is a client/server system with a Web server (10) and a user terminal (20) connected through Internet (30). In the system for the object control method, a script (object control program) is embedded in a Web page to be transmitted from the Web server (10) and executed by the user terminal (20). The Web page contains a plurality of link elements (elements with links to other Web pages). A computer terminal having read the object control program displays a plurality of icons superimposed in front of the link elements in the Web page. Further, when a specified event is detected, (a) change the placement position of a specific icon, (b) temporarily or completely remove a specific icon, or (c) change the placement positions of a plurality of specific icons, for example, according to the event type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Rakuten, Inc.
    Inventors: Hisashi Suzuki, Soh Masuko
  • Publication number: 20140108202
    Abstract: An information apparatus acquires a size of a specified item for sale specified according to a request of a request user from a purchase history storage means storing the purchase history of an item for sale to be worn. The size of the specified item for sale was purchased by other user who purchased the specified item for sale. The information apparatus acquires body size information related to a body size of the request user and body size information related to a body size of the other user. The information apparatus specifies an evaluation by the other user for the acquired size. The information apparatus estimates a size of the specified item for sale that fits the request user on the basis of a size relationship between the body size information of the request user and the body size information of the other user, the size of the specified item for sale purchased by the other user, and the evaluation for the size. The information apparatus outputs the estimated size.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: Rakuten,Inc.
    Inventor: Soh Masuko
  • Publication number: 20140056525
    Abstract: A request receiver (101) receives a request in which image ID information and a parameter for image processing are specified, from a terminal. An image processor (102) acquires an image based on the ID information that was specified in the received request, and by using the parameter that was specified in the received request to apply the image processing on the acquired image, outputs extracted information that was extracted from inside the image. A response transmitter (103) transmits a response in which the extracted information that was outputted by the image processor (102) is specified, to the terminal. When the extracted information that is associated with the ID information and the parameter that were specified in the received request is cached, the image processor (102), instead of acquiring the image and applying the image processing, obtains the cached extracted information, and outputs the obtained extracted information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: RAKUTEN, INC.
    Inventor: Soh Masuko
  • Publication number: 20140047387
    Abstract: An online shopping server (10) includes a receiving unit (17a) that, when a plurality of first item information are selected by a user operation on a user terminal (T), acquiring the plurality of selected first item information, a retrieval unit (17b) that recognizes a common item attribute among the plurality of acquired first item information and reads item information different from the plurality of first item information and corresponding to the common item attribute as second item information from an item database (14), and a transmitting unit (17c) that outputs the read second item information in order to display the second item information together with the common item attribute on the user terminal (T).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2011
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: RAKUTEN, INC.
    Inventors: Shigaku Iwabuchi, Soh Masuko, Kenzo Nirasawa, Jiro Tanaka
  • Patent number: 8599287
    Abstract: A mosaic image having high recognizability of a picture of an original image is provided while the number of division of the original image is suppressed. An image providing device includes a specifying means that specifies a region including an edge of an image from a plurality of regions, a dividing means that further divides the specified region into a plurality of regions, an acquisition means that acquires an image specified by a user, a determination means that determines a region to which the acquired image is assigned from regions not divided by the dividing means among the plurality of regions and from regions formed by being divided by the dividing means, and a presentation means that causes a mosaic image in which the acquired image is arranged on the basis of an assignment determined by the determination means to be presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Rakuten, Inc.
    Inventor: Soh Masuko
  • Publication number: 20130318431
    Abstract: A web management device is capable of displaying a web page containing an object in a display area of an input device having the display area and detecting physical contact with the display area. The device includes a generating means for generating the web page with an embedded detectable range for acquiring a position of physical contact with the object displayed in the display area, an acquiring means for acquiring a position of physical contact made within the detectable range of the web page generated and displayed in the display area as a selected position of the object corresponding to the range and acquiring position information indicating the selected position, a storing means for storing the acquired position information, and an adjusting means for compiling the stored position information and adjusting a display target in the display area based on the compiled position information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2011
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: RAKUTEN, INC.
    Inventors: Yusuke Fujiwara, Soh Masuko, Shigaku Iwabuchi
  • Publication number: 20130317909
    Abstract: An advertisement server (10) includes an associate extraction unit (12) for, in order to specify an associate user in a specified human relationship with a reference user, extracting an associate user ID of the associate user corresponding to a reference user ID indicating the reference user from a user relationship database (21) that stores relationship data indicating relationships between users, a comment extraction unit (13) for extracting comment data corresponding to the associate user ID from a comment database (22) that stores comment data indicating comments on items by users, a generation unit (16) for generating advertisement content of an item indicated by the comment data, the advertisement content displaying a comment indicated by the extracted comment data, and a transmitting unit (17) for outputting the advertisement content so that the generated advertisement content is displayed on a given screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2011
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: RAKUTEN, INC.
    Inventors: Shigaku Iwabuchi, Soh Masuko, Jiro Tanaka, Yuichi Murata
  • Patent number: 8582885
    Abstract: When assigning an acquired image to a region that satisfies conditions where the acquired image can be assigned, the acquired image is not wasted as much as possible. An image providing device acquires an image specified by a user, searches for a region satisfying conditions where the acquired posted image can be assigned, and assigns the acquired image to the searched region. If there is no region that satisfies the conditions where the acquired posted image can be assigned, the image providing device further divides any one of regions to which no image is assigned into a plurality of regions, assigns the acquired image to a region satisfying conditions where the acquired image can be assigned among a plurality of regions formed by division, and causes a mosaic image in which the acquired image is placed to be displayed based on assignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Rakuten, Inc.
    Inventor: Soh Masuko
  • Publication number: 20130238467
    Abstract: An AR server 30 includes a reception unit 31, which receives an image of a product-related item from a portable terminal 10 requesting a display object; a product specification unit 32, which specifies a product corresponding to a product-related item based on a result of image identification processing of the image and on product data in a product database 21; a writer specification unit 35, which refers to a writer database 23 storing post data indicating comments of writers on products, and specifies one or more writers who have commented on a specified product; an object generation unit 36, which generates one or more display objects indicating one or more specified writers; and a transmission unit 37, which transmits the display objects to the portable terminal 10 in order to implement superimposed-display of the generated display objects on the screen of the portable terminal 10.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2011
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: RAKUTEN, INC.
    Inventors: Shigaku Iwabuchi, Soh Masuko, Hiroyuki Kamo, Jiro Tanaka
  • Publication number: 20130229548
    Abstract: A mosaic image having high recognizability of a picture of an original image is provided while the number of division of the original image is suppressed. An image providing device includes a specifying means that specifies a region including an edge of an image from a plurality of regions, a dividing means that further divides the specified region into a plurality of regions, an acquisition means that acquires an image specified by a user, a determination means that determines a region to which the acquired image is assigned from regions not divided by the dividing means among the plurality of regions and from regions formed by being divided by the dividing means, and a presentation means that causes a mosaic image in which the acquired image is arranged on the basis of an assignment determined by the determination means to be presented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2012
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Applicant: RAKUTEN, INC.
    Inventor: Soh Masuko